Most of them are hard core. Super fit. They are the perfect group of people to get me motivated in losing all these wobbly bits brought on by twinlet birth and an undying love for salt and vinegar chips.
We meet every Tuesday and Thursday mornings – rain, hail or shine.
In all its heavy rain and strong winds, yesterday morning was no exception.
As we arrived for training, standing under the only tree in the park for protection, our trainer started to brief us on the raining trail she had planned for us.
We all looked at each other, looked at the rain and all groaned.
Yet, off we trotted.
As the downpour became heavier, one of the other mums jokingly yelled out to our trainer, “You know, this is totally going beyond the call of duty !!!”
And she was right. Going beyond what we usually would’ve done and completely step out of our comfort zone.
But then, there is the outcome.
I seriously took up running three months after the boys were born. It has been a struggle. I am not a natural runner. In fact, initially I hated it.
But as it’s typical of my character to live up to a challenge, I’ve tried to stick with it.
To try and conquer the fear.
A little over a year later, there I was: Jogging in the rain with a bunch of superfit mums.
Despite looking like a drowned rat who had been floating in an open sewerage canal, I was loving every minute of it. Soaking up the liberating feeling of being outdoors . Appreciating the rain for all of its natural beauty rather than its usual inconveniences.
So here’s the deal: I’ve signed up for the famously gruelling 14km City2Surf.
In its lead up (which is Sunday, 14th of August…10 and a half weeks away), every week, I’m going to write a post about my running and fitness.
Where I’m at in getting rid of these post pregnancy love handles.
I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and make sure I see myself at the end of that of that finishing line at Bondi Beach.
In each post, there will be a list of the highlights and achievements from the week.
What better time to start than now ?
- I’ve lost five kilos in two and a half months
- Went down a jean size in three weeks
- My mother-in-law came to visit last week and while I was out of the room, she pulled my husband aside and asked him if there was anything wrong with me as I was “fading away”.
Running a 7km trail in the rain with a bunch of awesome women who are my inspiration.
I’m pumped. City2Surf 2011. Bring it on.